Military would earn pay during shutdown

Thursday - 4/7/2011, 8:40am EDT

Some clarification from the Pentagon about who will be getting paid in case of a shutdown. Military members will continue to earn their wages if there's a shutdown, but they'll have to wait for Congress to approve a budget before they'll get paid. Some members of the Defense Department's federal civilian work force would be exempted from a shutdown because of their work in critical areas, or because they are funded through sources outside the federal budget. But officials say a significant number of DoD civilian employees will be furloughed come midnight tomorrow - if there's no budget.

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